Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Styrian Witches in European Perspective

Ethnographic Fieldwork

Authors: Mencej, Mirjam

  • Argues that witchcraft forms part of our social realityExplores beliefs and practices in the rural region of Eastern SloveniaReveals how social witchcraft and narratives of supernatural experience are entertwinned

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The book provides a comprehensive exploration of witchcraft beliefs and practices in the rural region of Eastern Slovenia. Based on field research conducted at the beginning of the twenty-first century, it examines witchcraft in the region from folkloristic, anthropological, as well as historical, perspectives. Witchcraft is presented as part of social reality, strongly related to misfortune and involved in social relationships. The reality of the ascribed bewitching deeds, psychological mechanisms that may help bewitchment to work, circumstances in which bewitchment narratives can be mobilised, reasons for a person to acquire a reputation of the witch in the entire community, and the role that unwitchers fulfilled in the community, are but a few of the many topics discussed. In addition, the intertwinement of social witchcraft with narratives of supernatural experiences, closely associated with supernatural beings of European folklore, forming part of the overall witchcraft discourse in the area, is explored.

About the authors

Mirjam Mencej is Professor of Folkloristics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has published numerous papers and six monographs on folklore and vernacular religion. 

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“Mencej’s study combines discussion of these broad, theoretical issues with the concrete level of everyday perceptions of magical harm described by her interviewees. … Thorough, learned and surprising at many turns, this is an important work on the persistence of traditional, even archaic, magical and witch beliefs into the present.” (Mary R. O’Neil, europenowjournal.org, July, 2018)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Mencej, Mirjam

    Pages 1-22

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  • Contemporary European Witchcraft

    Mencej, Mirjam

    Pages 23-33

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  • Witchcraft in the Region under Research

    Mencej, Mirjam

    Pages 35-109

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  • Social Witchcraft: Neighbourhood Witches

    Mencej, Mirjam

    Pages 111-217

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  • Social Witchcraft: Countermeasures

    Mencej, Mirjam

    Pages 219-243

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eBook 63,06 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-37250-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 80,24 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-37249-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Styrian Witches in European Perspective
Book Subtitle
Ethnographic Fieldwork
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37250-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-37250-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37249-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 454
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